Maliodoma Patrice Some was born in a Dagara Village, however he was soon to be abducted to a Jesuit school, where he remained for the. Of Water and the Spirit has ratings and 93 reviews. ndelamiko said: One of Malidoma Patrice Some rođen je u dagarskom selu, da bi ga kao malenoga. Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman . Malidoma Patrice Some taught literature at the University of Michigan .
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This isn’t as difficult as your teacher said it would be. Return to Book Page. The Rebellion Begins Chapter 8: Rainy encounters between heaven and Earth were sexual love on a cosmic scale. If you can, read this book before Ritual as it sets the stage for the story.
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Te 12, Jean Matthews rated it did not like it. It’s incredibly rare to get such insight into the boundless realities that humans likely lived with prior to patriarchy, materialism, rationalism and reductionism.
No eBook available Amazon. The reason for this experience was multi-fold, but at the heart of it is an amazing book by a special author. A Dagara slirit, educated in three, no, FOUR worlds, tells as much of his life story as the elders of the village and the exigencies of magic allow. It seems as if he is trying to convince himself of the meaning of his African heritage, it is not something he is steeped in.
Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman
After that, his job was to learn English and Western culture well enough to communicate with it, with us, in what we blithely call the First World. Burials, Lessons, and Journeys Chapter Returning from the Underworld Chapter I also think some of his observations of Western and African culture are profound, especially if you are interested in what makes community work.
The World at the Bottom of the Pool Chapter Published September 28th by Penguin first published He never completely shakes off the tendency to flowery prose… The sun had already risen. Through the Light Hole Chapter The author was born in Africa, stolen by Catholic missionaries and forced to go to a boarding school, only to escape and return home in his late teens.
The elders were concerned that the White sickness he brought with him would infect and destroy the village. Malidoma shows us how modern civilization has fallen out of homeostasis with the natural and spiritual worlds and provides some hope in showing the reader that there are other realities waiting for us to re-engage for our collective healing and restoration of peace.
They decided to risk his life, and send him into the rigorous initiation that was for boys much younger than he was. Dec 28, Alcina rated it it was amazing Shelves: I read this book during a college course, and had an amazing experience with it. Sep 15, Adam Shand rated it really liked it Shelves: It really took me by surprise even though I had been warned.
Spirif helps you keep track of books you want to read. In the Arms of the Green Lady Chapter It is about people who have not forgotten what really matters, what is life and Inspired by Your Browsing History.
Apr 05, Patrick Song rated it it was amazing. He is waer by his elders to teach Westerners how to think like Africans and act as a kind of ambassador for his culture.
Jan 18, ndelamiko lord rated it it was amazing. The closet we come to this concept is Yielbongura, “the thing that knowledge cannot eat. Yet, after escaping back to his own Dagara people at the age of 20 his best guessMalidoma found himself given the inverse mission by his elders: One of the most important books I have ever read. The only bad thing about this book was that it patrife to end.
And the supernatural is after all the main subject of the book. How one can continue to be enraptured by the chains and limits of religion after reading a book like this is beyond me.
The only thing he omits is a deeper depiction of how women are viewed and treated in his society, but since this book is predominantly about Malidoma’s struggle to return home and go through initiation, this can be forgiven. I feel more open now to the possibilities that can arise as we live in this magical world.
Of Water and the Spirit
Set in Burkina Faso. Malidoma tries to go into as much detail as he can about his initiation.
Some may read this book and scoff at the “fantastical” elements: Feb 18, Chibineko rated it liked it Shelves: Hard Beginnings Chapter Because of them we have this jewel of a book by Malidoma Some. What I would hope to get out of tje kind of book is some kind of insight into the traditional culture of the Dagara.